Further reading

The following selection of books discuss the geology and landscapes of the Peak District in more detail than can be covered in this website. Specific references that support some of the observations and interpretations noted during the GeoWalk are provided at the end of each walk section PDF.

British regional geology: the Pennines and adjacent areas

Neil Aitkenhead and others, 2002 (4th edition). British Geological Survey, Nottingham. A detailed and quite technical geological description that puts the Peak District in its regional context.

Classic Landforms of the White Peak (No.10) and Dark Peak (No.11)

Roger Dalton, Howard Fox & Peter Jones, 1999 (revised edition). Classic Landforms Guide, Geographical Association, Sheffield. Two rather dated booklets that still provide the most comprehensive description of Peak District landforms and the processes that generated them.

Peak District Rock Trails – A hillwalker’s guide to the geology and scenery

Paul Gannon, 2010. Pesda Press, Caernarfon. Rather similar in scope to Broadhurst’s ‘Rocky Rambles’, but with a fuller description of the local geology and many colour photographs and sketch maps.

Rocks and Scenery of the Peak District

Trevor Ford, 2006. Ashbourne Hall, Ashbourne. A short and very readable description of the rocks and landscapes of the area, written by the foremost authority on the geology of the Peak District.

Rocky Rambles in the Peak District — Geology beneath your feet!

Fred Broadhurst, 2013 (2nd edition). Sigma Press, Ammanford. Much revised since it was first published in 2001, this book contains an introductory chapter on the geology of the area and then describes 18 walks, each with considerable geological and/or geomorphological interest. The text is supplemented by annotated maps and field sketches drawn by Fred – the outpourings of an expert field geologist.

The Peak District — Landscape and Geology

Tony Waltham, 2021.The Crowood Press, Marlborough. A comprehensive and richly illustrated introduction to the landscapes of the Peak District, including hidden cave systems and those bearing the imprint of mankind.